Author(s): Lobel MK, Somasundaram P, Morton CC
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Abstract Research investigating the genetics of UL has already been successful in gathering epidemiologic evidence for heritability, establishing the clonal and mosaic nature of these tumors, correlating genotypic and phenotypic characteristics, defining cytogenetic subgroups, and identifying specific genes involved in tumorigenesis. Although UL are known to be benign tumors, the impact they have on the lives of so many women can only be described as "malignant". For this reason, continuing the quest to ascertain the genes, functions, and mechanisms integral to UL development is absolutely imperative. Genetic tests for personalized medical management of women with fibroids is at the threshold for providing the most appropriate treatments (Fig. 3), and combined with developing less invasive therapies portends a brighter future for a major health problem for women.
This article was published in Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am
and referenced in Gynecology & Obstetrics